Rain couldn’t dampen spirits at the Grand Henham Steam Rally 1987

Braving the poor weather to watch the steam engines go past

Braving the poor weather to watch the steam engines go past - Credit: Archant

The Grand Henham Steam Rally has been a firm favourite in Suffolk’s calendar for more than 40 years – and has grown into one of its biggest and best events.

The steam emitting from the engines giving the area a foggy look

The steam emitting from the engines giving the area a foggy look - Credit: Archant

The Grand Henham Steam Rally attracts thousands of visitors and preparations are in full swing for this year’s event.

A few of the steam engines as they parade by a crowd of people

A few of the steam engines as they parade by a crowd of people - Credit: Archant

Back in 1987, captured here in our series of photos, the main element was the steam traction engine display, with visitors enjoying seeing the vehicles in full steam.

One of the rally's younger guests gets a view of inside the cockpit of one of the steam engined trac

One of the rally's younger guests gets a view of inside the cockpit of one of the steam engined tractors - Credit: Archant

It wasn’t the best of weather that year – but visitors braved the rain to enjoy a range of attractions.

Working on one of the engines on display at the rally

Working on one of the engines on display at the rally - Credit: Archant

Henham Park, near Southwold, is its home and this year the rally, the 43rd annual, takes place on September 16-17, from 10am to 6pm.

A few classic motorbikes on display at the rally

A few classic motorbikes on display at the rally - Credit: Archant

Over the years it has raised around £1million for local charities.

A few of the happy faces braving the rain for the Grand Henham Steam Rally

A few of the happy faces braving the rain for the Grand Henham Steam Rally - Credit: Archant

This year’s attractions will include a Monster Truck display team, vintage fairground, live music, vintage vehicles, including cars and tractors, heavy horses in action, craft stalls and trade stands.

Some of the steam engines in action

Some of the steam engines in action - Credit: Archant

A collection of the steam engines at the Grand Henham Steam Rally in 1987

A collection of the steam engines at the Grand Henham Steam Rally in 1987 - Credit: Archant